Exploring All Available Tools

by Stacey Black

Assistant Vice President of Federal Regulatory

AT&T is pleased to have recently joined into an MOU with our fellow carriers, Verizon and T-Mobile, and the U.S. Department of Defense to test the viability of sharing 95 MHz of spectrum that is currently used by DoD and other federal agencies.  This spectrum is located in the 1755 to 1850 MHz spectrum band, which…

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Beta Testing the Final Transition to IP Broadband

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Today, we filed comments reaffirming our request to have the FCC conduct geographic trials to oversee the final transition away from the legacy POTS infrastructure that has served this country for more than 100 years.  I say the “final transition” because the reality is that the vast majority of consumers have already made this transition.  As US…

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Coming Soon: Telecom’s 1.5Mbps Bridge to Nowhere

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Tuesday’s House Oversight Hearing with the FCC Commissioners highlighted once again the ongoing debate on the special access issue.  As a refresher, special access services are really not-so-special in today’s Internet age.  These services are generally legacy copper, TDM technology circuits – 95% of which deliver data at 1.5 Mbps, a speed that doesn’t even…

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AT&T Statement on Special Access Petitions

The following statement may be attributed to Bob Quinn, AT&T Senior Vice President of Federal Regulatory and Chief Privacy Officer: “We are pleased the FCC has allowed our petitions to be granted. Our petitions measured the level of competition from facilities-based competitors, and clearly and easily met the triggers.  In fact, they underestimate the true level…

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Rewarding Misbehavior…

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

Earlier this week, I wrote about the special access order circulated at the Commission and explained why a backwards looking focus on legacy, practically-obsolete technology would lead to less fiber infrastructure investment, less innovation, less job creation and would be completely contrary to the Obama Administration’s goals in each of those areas.  Today, I am…

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Repealing De-Regulation: How Not to Build a Roadmap Towards an All-IP World

by Bob Quinn

Former Senior Executive Vice President of External & Legislative Affairs, Retired May 2018

The FCC has circulated an order that would undo more than 12 years of Clinton-era, deregulatory pricing policy on legacy non-packet services.  The services in question are called “special access” services – 95% of which are slow 1.5 megabits per second (Mbps) TDM (think POTS) services.  That is not a misprint.  We are not talking about 100…

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Just a Glimpse Into Our Wireless Broadband Future

by Joan Marsh

Executive Vice President of Regulatory & State External Affairs

Yesterday, Kevin Fitchard over at GigaOm wrote a blog post on my Super Bowl post, in which I highlight some spectrum lessons from the big game.  While he acknowledges that we need more spectrum in a tweet, I want to focus on a couple of points in his blog post with which I disagree.  Nonetheless, I…

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